Saturday, 5 July 2014

Especially for parents With Young Children: Have Your Say!

A consultation is currently underway in Central Bedfordshire seeking local feedback on 4 possible options for delivering important services to local families.

Since 2011, more emphasis has been placed on early help and intervention, to target services at those families who need them the most. Resources go to the most vulnerable families, helping them to address the issues they face, giving them the best chance to thrive and fulfil their potential. Targeted services include things like intensive parenting support, working with Job Centre Plus to provide training and employment opportunities to help parents into work, and other measures to better tackle child poverty and reduce health inequality.

The four options outline who will be able to access services and what sort of support will be provided. All services will be delivered from the existing 9 children’s centre hubs and the overall budget for them is not affected. The four possible models are:

Option 1 – existing model offering universal services to children aged 0-5 and their families
Option 2 – offering services to children aged 0-3 and their families within areas with the highest need
Option 3 – offering services to children aged 0-5 and their families within areas with the highest need
Option 4 – offering universal services to children aged 0-3 and their families

Weighing and baby clinics, breastfeeding support, two year-old checks, speech and language drop-ins and others will continue to be offered.

The consultation runs until Tuesday 19 August 2014, you can have your say online at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/consultations. The feedback from the consultation will be considered by the Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive at their meeting on 14th October where a final decision will be made.